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2023 Best Chemistry Doctor's Degree Schools

113 Colleges in the United States
2,721 Doctor's Degrees
Ranked #11 in popularity, chemistry is one of the most sought-after doctor's degree programs in the nation. This means there are lots of options to choose from when you decide to get your degree.

College Factual looked at 113 colleges and universities when compiling its 2023 Best Chemistry Doctor's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 2,721 doctor's degrees in chemistry to qualified students.

Jump to one of the following sections: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Chemistry School for Your Doctor's Degree

Best Chemistry Doctor's Degree Schools Your choice of chemistry for getting your doctor's degree school matters. Important measures of a quality chemistry program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a doctor's degree school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Doctor's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Early-Career Earnings

One measure we use to determine the quality of a school is to look at the average salary of doctorate graduates during the early years of their career. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their doctor's degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on chemistry students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of chemistry students who choose to seek a doctor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How much debt chemistry students go into to obtain their doctor's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized chemistry related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for chemistry students working on their doctor's degree.

More Ways to Rank Chemistry Schools

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Chemistry Doctor's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Chemistry in the United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for chemistry students seeking a a doctor's degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

16 Top Schools for a Doctorate in Chemistry

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
42 Annual Graduates

Stanford University is a great decision for students interested in a doctor's degree in chemistry. Stanford is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Stanford.More information about a doctorate in chemistry from Stanford University

#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

It is hard to beat Northwestern University if you want to pursue a doctor's degree in chemistry. Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston.

Chemistry doctor's degree recipients from Northwestern University get an earnings boost of about $32,594 above the typical income of chemistry majors.

More information about a doctorate in chemistry from Northwestern University

#3

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
35 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a doctor's degree in chemistry has to take a look at University of Chicago. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in chemistry from University of Chicago

University of California - Berkeley is a wonderful option for students interested in a doctor's degree in chemistry. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public university located in the city of Berkeley.

Those chemistry students who get their doctor's degree from University of California - Berkeley earn $36,925 more than the standard chemistry graduate.

More information about a doctorate in chemistry from University of California - Berkeley

#5

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
28 Annual Graduates

Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Ithaca.More information about a doctorate in chemistry from Cornell University

Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a very large student population.

Chemistry doctor's degree recipients from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earn a boost of around $21,466 above the average income of chemistry graduates.

More information about a doctorate in chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

#7

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
15 Annual Graduates

Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Baltimore.More information about a doctorate in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University

46 Annual Graduates

U-M is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor.More information about a doctorate in chemistry from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Located in the midsize suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Those chemistry students who get their doctor's degree from University of California - Santa Barbara earn $33,709 more than the typical chemistry grad.

More information about a doctorate in chemistry from University of California - Santa Barbara

#10

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.

Doctorate graduates who receive their degree from the chemistry program earn around $62,831 in the first couple years of their career.

More information about a doctorate in chemistry from University of Notre Dame

UCSD is a fairly large public university located in the large city of La Jolla.

Chemistry doctor's degree recipients from University of California - San Diego get an earnings boost of about $3,546 over the typical earnings of chemistry majors.

More information about a doctorate in chemistry from University of California - San Diego

13 Annual Graduates

UMCP is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of College Park.More information about a doctorate in chemistry from University of Maryland - College Park

35 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in chemistry from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Students who graduate with their doctorate from the chemistry program state that they receive average early career income of $57,627.

More information about a doctorate in chemistry from University of Wisconsin - Madison

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a very large student population.

Doctorate students who receive their degree from the chemistry program earn around $57,938 in their early career salary.

More information about a doctorate in chemistry from University of California - Los Angeles

17 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in chemistry from Iowa State University

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Chemistry Doctor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
17 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
18 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
19 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
20 University of Delaware Newark, DE
21 Emory University Atlanta, GA
22 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
23 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
24 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
25 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO

Chemistry by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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One of 8 majors within the Physical Sciences area of study, Chemistry has other similar majors worth exploring.

Chemistry Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Chemistry 2,624
Polymer Chemistry 41
Other Chemistry 22
Chemical Physics 11
Organic Chemistry 7
Environmental Chemistry 5
Physical Chemistry 5
Analytical Chemistry 4
Inorganic Chemistry 1
Theoretical Chemistry 1

Majors Similar to Chemistry

Related Major Annual Graduates
Physics 1,752
Geological & Earth Sciences 734
Astronomy & Astrophysics 170
Materials Sciences 144
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 125
Other Physical Science 34
General Physical Sciences 32
Physics and Astronomy 14

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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